March 21, 2009
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – After spending all night doing the dirty work on defense, Trevon Hughes got a more glamorous role at the end: Shooter of the crazy, spinning, bank shot with the game on the line.
Otherwise known as the game-winner for Wisconsin.
Hughes’ twisting shot over Florida State’s outstretched arms dropped with 2 seconds left to lift the Badgers to a 61-59 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.
Next up for 12th-seeded Wisconsin (20-12) is a meeting with Xavier in the second round of the East Regional.
It’s doubtful the Badgers or Hughes will face a tougher test than what they had in Seminoles star Toney Douglas, the unheralded guard who averages 21 points and led the fifth-seeded Seminoles (25-10) to their first tournament appearance in 11 years.
Douglas finished with 26 points, not a single one of them easy, thanks to Hughes’ huge defensive work.
Douglas’ 3-point shot with 1:16 left gave the Seminoles a 59-56 lead but, smothered by the Wisconsin defense, he missed another one that would have put it away with less than 10 seconds to go.
That set the stage for Hughes, who had the ball all the way. He dribbled left, spun right into the lane, then flipped the game-winner over Douglas and Chris Singleton. Drew contact, too, and made the free throw to make it 61-59.
If that wasn’t enough, he capped things by batting away Florida State’s desperation pass at the end and the Badgers mobbed him at halfcourt to celebrate the victory.
Jason Bohannon led Wisconsin with 16 points, including a 3-pointer with the shot clock going off for 52-50 lead with 55 seconds left in regulation.